The Key to Meaningful Use

How one orthopaedic practice earned $342,000 in Medicare incentive payments

Because the meaningful use program was defined with primary-care physicians in mind, participation by specialists has been challenging. But more than 9,000 orthopaedists have successfully attested and earned incentive payments. Using the right electronic health record (EHR) system and availing themselves of permissible exclusions for nonrelevant requirements, some orthopaedic practices have even done so without any negative impact on productivity.

One of those practices is St. Cloud Orthopedics in Sartell, Minn. This 19-physician group earned $342,000 in Medicare incentives last year, and their reporting period began a mere 2 weeks after they first implemented their EHR. To unearth the key to their success, Jackie Ryan, manager, AAOS practice management group, interviewed David L. Kaus, MD, and practice administrator Bill Worzala.

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